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Giving back

Country Standard Time Editorial, December 2009

A big kudo to country music musicians and the Country Music Association for donating more than $1 million to the Nashville area public schools for music education programs.

The donation - $1,066,632 to be exact - stemmed from money raised during last year's Country Music Festival held in Nashville. Performers - and there dozens of them - do not receive payment for their appearances at the annual festival held every June. Instead, the CMA gives a chunk of the money raised to the Keep the Music Playing campaign.

The dollars raised this past year were part of an overall $3.3-million given to the schools. The money helps build music labs and purchase instruments for students.

The cause is a worthy one, particularly in these most difficult economic times where programs such as music are among the first to go when school districts must make tough, difficult decisions with a smaller economic pot at their disposal.

Country music has been about giving back to the community and fans for a long, long time. This is yet another example thereof. The gift is particularly needed and commendable this year.